5 Best tools for women

Fill your tool belt

A hammer seems like an obvious choice, but is it the best tool for the job? Here are the five best tools every gal should have in her tool belt—or at least nearby!

Woman with toolbelt

1Drill

It may seem like a dangerous jump, especially if you've never used one before, but the best tool a woman can buy is a cordless drill with a bit set. Think of your drill as your aggressive BFF, it can help you furnish and decorate your entire home in a cinch! The key to finding the perfect cordless drill is to finding one that fits your grip and is lightweight. Also make sure that it has multiple speeds and is reversible. (Try this brilliant pink drill from Tom Boy Tools!)

If a cordless drill is a little out of your price range, or you want to start out with something a little less powerful, a screwdriver set (like the purple one below from Barbara's Way) is a fabulous option.

2Claw Hammer

Purple screwdrivers - BarbaraK

The hammer is your best friend and is necessary for decorating your walls with all of your favorite pictures. However, a claw hammer is handy because it helps remove the nails that we so commonly hammer too far into the wall. (It's okay -- practice makes perfect.)

The perfect hammer should fit well in your hand; pick up a couple of hammers and try them out before settling on one. Also, be sure to pick one that's lightweight, and don't forget the nails!

3Tape Measure

Where would we be without our trusty tape measure? Lost, that's where. There is no science behind finding the perfect tape measure, just make sure you get one. However, be sure to get one that is at least 25 feet long, winds up, and has a lock button -- especially for those one person jobs.

4 Level

To keep your projects looking clean and straight, a level is a must; this is the only way to ensure your belongings won't slide off of your shelves. A simple 8- to 12-inch level is the most useful type, and get a two-in-one so you can check your work vertically and horizontally.

5Pliers

You will probably find the need for pliers quite often and there are a couple of different kinds that we suggest you keep on hand. The first is a standard lock pliers that you can use to cut wires, pull nails and, in some cases, even fix a leaky faucet. For the smaller jobs and hard to reach places, needle nose pliers are your tool.

>> How to be your own handywoman

Already tooled up?

If you're a girl who already has tools, here are a few more additions for your toolbox:

  • Utility knifeSaw
  • Magnetic stud finder
  • Putty/taping knife
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tool belt (optional, but very sexy -- your man will approve)

>> Read more: 12 basic tools for women

Playing it safe

While you might not think a hardhat is sexy, concussions aren't either. Safety gear is always important and should be used whenever you are working with tools.

Here are a few safety items to include:

  • Gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Earplugs
  • Goggles

Now, ladies, before you start your job, there are a few things to remember: Don't listen to men! They may think they're always right, especially when it comes to fixing things, but as we all know, that isn't always the case. Don't disregard their advice -- we're just saying to take it with a grain of salt.

Do the work yourself, utilize those awesome tools, and be proud of your job when you're finished. You may break a nail or bust a knuckle or two, but it takes a truly strong woman to handle that power drill, so own it.

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